RESTAURANTS in Cork are taking a cautious approach to cases of Covid-19 among their staff as a number of businesses announce temporary closures.
Son of a Bun is one of the latest to announce a temporary closure to ensure the safety of staff and customers.
The popular MacCurtain Street restaurant said it will close for today after a member of staff was deemed a close contact.
In a post on social media, they said they were closing to ensure the safety of staff and customers.
"This is so that all members of staff can get a COVID test," they said.
Blairs Inn, located near Blarney, announced its temporary closure on Friday after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
The family-owned pub and restaurant remained closed on Thursday and Friday as a result but were hoping to open their doors again today.
However, in a Facebook post, the restaurant said that after consulting with staff, they have “decided to knock it on the head for this weekend”.
"Apologies to all of you that were booked in over the weekend,” they said.
Considering the precautions and protocols they have in place, the restaurant said they may be being “overly cautious”.
“However, the safety of our staff and customers will always be paramount.”
They are hoping to get back up and running “at full tilt” on Wednesday.
“We intend to be back up and running at full tilt in the garden from next Wednesday (28th July) straight through to the bank holiday Monday.
"And believe you me, we will be chomping at the bit.”
They added: “Once every one of us is fit and well, that’s ultimately all that matters.”
On Thursday, Barry's of Douglas also announced that business would be temporarily suspended after an individual case of Covid-19 with a member of the team was detected.
The well-known bar and restaurant is due to reopen on Monday.